John Burtle

Born 1984, Long Beach, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


2008   California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2008   European Exchange Academy, Beelitz-Heilstätten, DE
2006   Studies in Art at Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK)

Solo Exhibitions

Accumulated Anthrome and/or Between Heaven and Earth, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY

The Room as a Frame or/and Accumulated Anthrome, Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA

Support Constructs, Michael Benevento Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

After the Tone, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Can You Feel It?, Little River Yacht Club, Miami, FL

It DOES Get Better Than This—Bulging Joy and the Infinite Potential, Project Room G3, San Pedro, CA (with John Barlog)

Up in Open Arms, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA (with John Barlog)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Made in LA 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (with/as KCHUNG)
Petroleum Jelly, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
Hello LA, Studio 1.1, London, UK

The one I did yesterday was a failure but the one I will do tomorrow will be good, Impermanent Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Luddite Fallacy, SummerCamp’s ProjectProject, Los Angeles, CA

Case Study Los Angeles II: On the Perimeter, JAUS, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Devon Tsuno)
Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, KCHUNG Studios, Los Angeles, CA
To the Lighthouse, JB Jurve, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Geoff Tuck)

L.A. Napoli, Cercle Blanc, Berlin, De
What Have I Done to Deserve This, Workspace, Los Angeles, CA
Milking the Void, More Funner Projects, Miami, Fl
Work after Work, Mackey Garage Top, Schindler House, Los Angeles, Ca (with/as the Eternal Telethon)
Black and White and Read All Over, FOX RIVER, Singapore

The Gardens of LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (with/as the Roots of Compromise, curated by Fallen Fruit)
The Real Show (title pending), Summercamp’s ProjectProject, Los Angeles, CA (with David Earl, Karen Lofgren, Miwa Matreyek and John Barlog as Open Arms)

Performing Economies, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (with John Barlog, curated by Elana Mann)
Samenhang, MAP Gallery, Leeds, UK
Needle in a Haystack, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA (with John Barlog)

Berlin Benim, Kolonister 10, Berlin, DE
Exchange Rate/Attitudes and Conventions, Habeas Lounge @ CUNY, New York, Ny, and Remy’s on Temple, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Elana Mann, with John Barlog)

Lights, Camera, Actions: Interventions on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, Ca (with John Barlog)
29025 Eveningside Dr, IV, 29025 Eveningside Dr, Val Verde, CA

Lost Streams: The First Frontier Was The Water’s Edge, Estacion Tijuana, MX (with John Barlog)
Ausser Haus, Uferstrasse 6, Berlin, DE (with Al Schulte)

Selected Performances

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo, KChung Radio, 1630AM, Los Angeles (with Guan Rong)

Kchung Presents… The Smell, Los Angeles, CA (with/as Likes)
LA Art Book Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (with/as Likes)

Gulp, Hyperion Tavern, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Paul Pescador)
Julie Tolentino – Shatter + Center (AXS Performance festival)
Utopias of So Cal, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (with the Llano Del Rio Collective)

Laughably Simple Ridiculously Important, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Sunday Collapse, Andrea’s Garage, Los Angeles, Ca (curated by Olga Koumoundouros)
KChung Whisper Report, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1 Image 1 minute, For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Micol Hebron)
Dangling Modifiers, Center for Performance Research, New York, NY (with Stephen Van Dyck and Tracy Mollis)
Eternal Talk-a-thon, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (part of The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses (BESHT) Project Series 44)
Casual Dancing, Elephant, Los Angeles, CA
Eternal Telethon: Apples in Your Eyes!!, Manhattan Rooftop with a great view, New York, NY
Upload .. Download .. Perform . net :: 4 MORE YEARS, the wulf., Los Angeles, CA (curated by Adam Overton)
Liz Glynn’s Black Box, Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival, Los Angeles, CA (with Guan Rong)

Realizing a More Pleasurable Public, the Experimental Meditation Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (with John Barlog as Citizens Promoting a More Pleasurable Public)
Eternal Service, Free Church of Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
UDP BirthdayGanza!!, the wulf., Los Angeles, Ca (with Francesco Gagliardo & Adam Overton)
Eternal Telethon: BellyFlop Forevereverevereverer, BellyFlop Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
KCHUNG Radio Launch, The Public School Los Angeles, Ca. (with Adam Overton)
the gentle beings benevolent association presents Perform WOW!, Small Forms Space, Los Angeles, CA
SEE IT – SMELL IT – HEAR IT – TOUCH IT – TASTE IT, Elysian Park Museum of Art (EPMOA), Los Angeles, CA

Eternal Telethon: Infinity + 24, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
A Three Hour Tour, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Ca. (curated by Lara Bank with/as Open Arms)
River Bridge Crossing, LA River, Los Angeles, CA (with/as Llano del Rio Collective)

World Premier of the Eternal Telethon, Casa Dilley, West Hollywood, CA

Darkness Cometh, Department of Water and Power, 1257 E. 6th St, Los Angeles, CA (with John Barlog, curated by Liz Glynn)

Published Works

“Noooooooooooooooooo” Kchung Tapes, January

Rainbow Books, self published, May

“Before After”, October
“An Antagonist’s Guide to Assholes in LA”, Llano Del Rio Collective, February

“Loose Lips Loosen Lips”, Anna Mayer, November
“BESHT Weekly, Issues 1-5”, Pomona College Museum of Art, November “KCHUNG VOL. 1”, KCHUNG Radio, August

“New Religious Examiner”, Library of Sacred Technologies, April
“Occupy LAAAAAA: Artists in Solidarity – Johns Barlog and Burtle”,, November
“Collective Show”, (Exhibition Catalog) January,

“John”, May 2010 – Present (ongoing)
“Map For An Other LA” Llano Del Rio Collective, March
“Doin It Live: Performance and Interaction” (exhibition catalogue) February
“Citizens Promoting a More Pleasurable Public Vol. 3” April
“Citizens Promoting a More Pleasurable Public Vol. 2” January

“Citizens Promoting a More Pleasurable Public Vol. 1” September
“TOAD Call for Submission,” Guan Rong: BDBBDB, Issue 3: Brain April,


“John Burtle’s Gradual Alchemy” Niki Darling, KCET Artbound, February 11, 2015

“A Year in Radio” Travis Diehl,, December, 21, 2014
“The Room as a Frame or/and Accumulated Anthrome” Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, Armory Art Center (exhibition catalogue) November 2014
“Made in L.A. 2014” Lawson, Tom, Artforum, October 2014.
Miranda, Carolina A. “Land of Artists.” The California Sunday Magazine 5 October 2014
“the People: John Birtle and Elana Mann” Ben White and Mathew Timmons, KCHUNG Radio, May 3, 2014
“Los Angeles Studio Visit #1 – John Burtle & Guan Rong”, by Molly Surno, Bomb Magazine, June 11, 2014
“Petroleum Jelly” Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker. April 7, 2014
“KCHUNG Gives LA Artists a Voice On Air” Jori Finkel, New York Times, Sunday, March 2, 2014
“Identity Crissis: Public Space Tattoos and Social Movement” Janet Owne Driggs, KCET Artbound, Febuary 21, 2014

“John Birtle: You can spell it many ways.” Asher Penn, Sex Magazine, Winter 2013
“Unpacking John Burtle’s Support Constructs” Geoff Tuck, NY ARTS, December 16, 2013 “5 Artsy Things To Do in LA ” Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly, December 6, 2013
“Art on Air”, Kate Wolf, East of Borneo, September 12, 2013

“10 L.A. Art Spaces That Change Our Idea of What an Art Space Is” Carol Che, LA Weekly, November 20, 2012
“’1 Image 1 Minute’ Event Is Like Show and Tell, But With Republican Porn, Dolly Parton and Horse Bestiality”, Carol Che, LA Weekly, October 10, 2012
“Reflections on Art and Activism: The Occupy LAAAAAA Interviews”, Sue Bell Yank, March 7, 2012
“Something Personal and Very Dear”, Geoff Tuck,, January 3, 2012

“John Barlog and John Burtle’s Open Arms: Two Dudes Who Run a Gallery Located on Their Arms” Wendy Gilmartin, LA Weekly, October 21, 2011
“After Work: art workers, art practice, and cultural worth”, Sue Bell Yank,, May 15, 2011
“Can you feel it? John Burtle at the Little River Yacht Club”, Richard Haden,, May 14, 2011
“Work after Work”, Zemula Barr, USC Roski School of fine arts, (Exhibition Catalog) May 2011
“Open Enrollment | Work after work after work…”, Melinda Guillen,, April 13, 2011
“Eternal Telethon: Infinity + 24:: A Collaborative Response”, Carol Che et al.,, January 25th, 2011

“24 Hours of Eternity With The Eternal Telethon”, Drew Denny,, November 19, 2010
“Pitch Perfect for Artists”, Louis Lucero II, Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2010
“Citizens Promoting a More Pleasurable Public” Rene Navarro, Razorcake, July 30, 2010
“Gardens of LACMA: Where You Can Have Your Art and Eat It Too!”, Joshua Morrison,, July 7, 2010
“It DOES Get Better Than This—Bulging Joy and the Infinite Potential, John Barlog and John Burtle, Project Room G3, San Pedro, March 21–April 13, 2010”,, Carol Che, April 6, 2010

“List of Collaborative Practices and Practitioners in LA,” Elana Mann and Sandra de la Loza, compiled by Carolina Caycedo as part of Day to Day,, October, 2009
“Performing Economies: Would we like a beer?,” Drew Denny, LA Record, July 20, 2009
“Performing Economies,” Elana Mann, Fellows of Contemporary Art (exhibition catalogue) May 15, 2009
“25 Random Things About LACMA”: Allison Agsten,, February 19, 2009

“Neptun Schaumt,” BZ, Berlin, DE (tabloid) September 29, 2008,
“2995 Eveningside Drive,” Ina Viola Blasius and Carlin Wing, (exhibition catalogue) October, 2008
“Collaborators and Participants,” Fritz Haeg, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest 6, October, 2008

“Ladybugs Attend Art Exhibition Closing”: Morning Edition. National Public Radio, March 5, 2007
“Magritte Attacked by Ladybugs,” Sean Bonner: Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2007

Evelyn Serrano, “Lost Streams: The First Fontier Was The Water’s Edge“(Exhibition Catalogue) Tijuana, MX, December, 2006

Clifton Benevento is pleased to present the solo exhibition Accumulated Anthrome and/or Between Heaven and Earth by California based artist John Burtle.

Inspired by the perceptual margins of landscape painting, Burtle creates an ecosystem that slowly evolves over the six-week exhibition period. Comprised mainly of acrylic paint – in carefully arranged rips, piles and globs – artworks will be repositioned, and materials added and subtracted, so that each element contributes and has a direct effect on the whole.

A flower grows.
Dawn turns into sunset.
Clouds shift.
Snails and creeping ivy evoke the slow passage of time.

Emotionally evocative, even clichéd, Burtle embraces subjects that give way to complex questions about psychological and physical support structures.   Representations of constellations, shooting stars and sunsets enter a display strategy that allows for adaptability and individuality within the collective.

Burtle engenders his paintings and sculptures with mutability.
And while the fluid nature of his constructs can be understood through language and association, the physicality of the work suggests something fragile and somewhat alive.


Known for a social and often collaborative practice that ranges from sending postcard drawings, to organizing Eagle Rock Community Soup, to hosting a weekly show on KCHUNG Radio, to producing the Eternal Telethon (which raises money for an artist retirement home), Burtle regularly engages communities in processes that encourage the fostering of support structures.  

John Burtle has mounted solo projects at Armory Arts Center in Pasadena, and Michael Benevento and 323 Projects in Los Angeles. Along with KCHUNG Radio he participated in the 2014 Made In LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum. Additional group exhibitions include Estacion Tijuana, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and the Torrance Art Museum. His performance productions have appeared at the Elysian Park Museum of Art, the Experimental Meditation Center of Los Angeles, Human Resources, Machine Project, and Public Fiction.


The exhibition will run from May 2 to June 13, 2015; opening reception is Friday, May 1 from 5-7pm. The gallery is located at 515 Broadway between Broome and Spring streets, New York; opening hours are 11am-6pm Tuesday though Saturday. For further details, please contact Michael at or via phone at 212.431.6325.